Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth of York became our Queen on Feb 8th 1952 after the Death of her Father King George VI. Imagine stepping onto the world’s stage and pledging to serve your Country at the tender age of 26. She wasn’t destined to be Queen or prepared for this role. She was Elizabeth Alexandra Mary and 3rd in line to the Throne until her Uncle, King Edward, abdicated and her Father was crowned King George VI and the rest is History.
The Coronation Oath and further details of The British Monarchy can be found here
“Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern the Peoples of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon, and of your Possessions and the other Territories to any of them belonging or pertaining, according to their respective laws and customs?” Part of The Coronation Oath 1952. Archbishop of Canterbury, Sir Geoffrey Fisher
“I solemnly promise so to do so” Queen Elizabeth II
Imagine dedicating 60 years of your life to your people, I really don’t think I can get close to imagining that. Yes that’s 60 years of the world changing and her world changing. Not just a Queen, a wife to Prince Phillip and mother of 4. Yes she has raised a family of her own, been granny to her grandchildren and gone through the pain of divorces and deaths, all in the pubic eye. Of course we’ve also had the pleasure to celebrate wonderful Royal Weddings, such as last April. I have to say we do a bit of a do so very, very well!
In one of many moving jubilee documentaries The Princess Royal shared how her ‘Mummy’ had always felt it was important to tuck her children into bed at night and that’s what she aimed to do whenever possible and Prince Phillip read to them. Let’s not forget the Duke of Edinburg for his loyal role of consort, also dedicating 60 years of his life to be by her side. It’s lovely to be reminded of the many sides of The Queens life, Family,Private, Public, Royal she’s an Icon.
I could go on and on but I’ll stop here. I’ll let you consider what The Queen means to you and if you have something you’d like to share do feel free to share it here. I met the Royal Family many years ago, my lovely father in law, affectionately known as Sir Geoffrey, works at Windsor Castle. I don’t think I fully appreciated this moment at the time, in my early 20’s with other things on my mind but I do look back and pinch myself that I had that opportunity.
So I dedicate my WOW Woman blog to you this month Ma’am and thank you, long may you reign over us…